Nate Diaz for UFC 300? Dustin Poirier Throws His Hat in the Ring as Rival’s Name Crops Up After ‘Diamond’ Demands Big Return Next Year

Published 11/08/2023, 9:32 PM EST

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Dustin Poirier has been away from the octagon since his defeat to Justin Gaethje in UFC 291. ‘Diamond’s been trying to get his hands on the lightweight title as well as the BMF belt for a long time now. Nevertheless, it seems like luck is not willing to go in his direction, at least as of now. So is Poirier to be considered the uncrowned prince of the lightweight division?

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Poirier may have been absent from the octagon, but the octagon hasn’t forgotten him. The fighter has been hinting at his return next year. ‘The Diamond’ hasn’t abandoned his MMA career and is eager to make a comeback around UFC 300. Amidst all the excitement, a fan made an unusual request of Poirier.

Speculation arises: Is Dustin Poirier hinting at a fight with Nate Diaz?

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Dustin Poirier in a recent statement had outlined his plans for next year. The former interim champion stated that he would be willing to make a return to UFC 300. In the statement, he cited, “Right now, my current mindset, I’d fight in six weeks, I’d fight in eight weeks if the fight made sense and I was excited about it,”.

He further added, “Other than that, the chance to fight on UFC 300 is a big deal. I’ve been in the UFC since UFC 125. I missed 200. I know I’m not gonna be around for 400. So, it’s kind of a cool opportunity if it comes together… UFC 300 is enticing.”

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Poirier even added a tweet that only stated “UFC 300”. Upon seeing this one of the fans asked a rather uncommon question from Poirier and that is whether he will be facing Nate Diaz in UFC 300. Poirier had only a one-word answer to the fan’s question, “Nathaniel??”

Despite Poirier’s attempt to come back to UFC, ‘The Diamond’ seems to be lost in his endeavor. In a recent screening, Poirer gave his honest opinion on his comeback.

Poirier is waiting for the right opportunity

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Dustin Poirier recently indulged in a conversation where he highlighted his fight with Justin Gaethje and his plans for the future. Poirier said  “What I do is high risk, high reward, and anything can happen on any night. But I knew that going into this fight. That’s the reason I accepted this fight. I knew that he’s a dangerous opponent, and I knew anything can happen and that got me up in the morning.That’s what fighting is.”

Down in the conversation, he gave insights on his upcoming plans. He added “I don’t really have a whole lot of plans. I’m just kind of sitting back, training, trying to remain a student, and when the phone rings with the right name, I’ll know it’s the one. We’ll take it from there.I’m not trying to over-plan”

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Suryakant Das

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I'm Suryakant Das, an avid sports enthusiast from a family that cherishes the world of sports. I still vividly recall the day my father took me to watch Indian wrestling, sparking my fascination with the discipline and the aura of those warriors. Over time, my love for combat sports grew, and now, I'm a UFC writer at EssentiallySports.
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